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Texas recognizes three different crimes of domestic violence: domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault and continuous violence against the family.
An act of violence constitutes domestic violence if it is committed against a family member, a household member or someone the offender is currently dating or dated in the past, including: Domestic assault is a Class A misdemeanor if the defendant has no prior domestic assault convictions.
The crime is a third degree felony if the defendant has any prior domestic assault conviction.
The defendant must successfully complete probation and any other conditions the court imposes or the court can require him to complete the sentence in jail or prison.
A person on community supervision must meet with a probation officer, pay probation costs, and comply with conditions such as treatment, maintaining employment, curfews, drug tests, and avoiding any further criminal activity or arrests.
A person is guilty of aggravated domestic assault if he commits an aggravated assault against a spouse, family member, or romantic partner as listed above.
A person commits aggravated assault in Texas if he: If the defendant commits an aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon and causes serious bodily injury to the victim, the crime is a first degree felony.
A defendant can be convicted of this crime without either assault having resulted in an arrest or conviction, and the two assaults need not have been committed against the same victim. Domestic violence crimes are punishable in Texas as follows: A person convicted of simple assault in Texas can be required to pay restitution, which involves reimbursing the victim for any expenses resulting from the crime, such as the cost of medical treatment or counseling or repair or replacement of damaged property.